Weekend weight gain: who is at risk?
Have you suspected that Saturdays were sabotaging your diet?
You're probably right!
A medical research study reports on weekend weight gain. Healthy but overweight men and women, age 50-60, were tracked for an entire year.
They were divided into a calorie restriction diet group and an exercise group.
The good news was that at the end of the year, everyone showed weight loss during the week.
But on the weekends, it was a different story.
On weekends, the calorie-restricted group stopped losing weight, but did not regain weight.
The really bad news was that the exercise only group actually gained weight on the weekends.
In both cases, the cause was increased calorie intake (Racette SB, Influence of weekend lifestyle patterns on body weight, Obesity-Silver Spring, June 2008).
Help reducing those weekend calories
Here are some calorie counting tips.
And remember, green tea weighs in at 0-2 calories per cup, which makes it a great substitute behavior for high-calorie snacks, as well as a high antioxidant lifestyle habit if appropriate.
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